So, again it seems to have been a week since my last post. A few things that have interested me in the past week:
- Sealing one of the final nails in the coffin of my student life, the Computing Service at Cambridge University have discontinued my e-mail account. firstname.lastname@example.org is no more (hence no need to bother obfuscating it from spam-crawlers).
- I have a shiny new Nokia 6680. I haven’t really had time to get entirely used to it yet, but the review so far: it’s rather nice.
- O2 (a phone network, for those of you not familiar with them) are thoroughly unpleasant characters: if anyone has caught their recent advertising about how they are now really nice and friendly to their existing customers rather than screwing them over in favour of grabbing new customers, don’t believe it for a second. I don’t want to turn this post into a rant but suffice to say that, unless they offer a significantly better deal than anyone else, I suggest you avoid them like the plague.
- Progress on the site redesign goes very slowly, to the point of not really going at all: I’m still reading through Zeldman’s Designing With Web Standards though, so I can at least claim to be being semi-productive about the whole thing.
- You may or may not have caught the Engadget article regarding Microsoft’s introduction into Longhorn of OPM, another DRM technology to encrypt high-definition video data, potentially right to the monitor. In the event of the user’s monitor not supporting this technology, they either get a horribly low-resolution version or simply a black screen. The arguments against this kind of technology have been iterated a thousand times, so I won’t repeat them here: just take any pre-existing list and mentally add “spending a few hundred pounds on a new monitor” and you’ve about got the picture. The scariest thing is that so few people know that their rights are being swept out from under them.
- With the main job application I made having been unsuccessful, I’ve decided to go off on holiday instead: America is the main destination, with options on New Zealand and anywhere else which may take my fancy. Current American cities which take my fancy are Washington, New York, Princeton and potentially Cambridge. Any more suggestions?
Well, that’s about it for this week: I shall try to post more regularly over the next couple of months, but time does seem to have a tendency to fly by awfully fast…